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What is malignant hyperthermia ?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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In brief: Anesthetic reaction

Malignant hyperthermia is a serious, possibly life threatening reaction to certain anesthetic agents including succinylcholine and inhaled anesthetic gases.
This condition is often inherited, and involves a mutation of a gene in muscles involved in calcium release. When exposed to triggering agents, the muscles undergo excessive metabolism, leading to muscle breakdown and heat, which cause death.

In brief: Anesthetic reaction

Malignant hyperthermia is a serious, possibly life threatening reaction to certain anesthetic agents including succinylcholine and inhaled anesthetic gases.
This condition is often inherited, and involves a mutation of a gene in muscles involved in calcium release. When exposed to triggering agents, the muscles undergo excessive metabolism, leading to muscle breakdown and heat, which cause death.
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